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Vol. 1, No. 1

Official Publication of the Nebraska Wing—CIVIL AIR PATROL

Cooke Dares Axis Subs
To S h o w N o s e s
In ita very first issue, the Corntausker
CAP News is privileged to present a report

S i d l e s Ta k e s O v e r
Reins in Nebraska

Greetings from the Wing staff in *
this, the first issue of Cornhusker




We're sorry If it seems a bit top- »

August, 1942

A prominent figure In Nebraska aviation
for 14 years, Harry B. Sidles of Omaha has

from a wing member who is at this moment

heavy with newfi from particular areas

on tne CAP'S war front.

this time. We hope that every single *

been named acting commander of the Ne
braska wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

squadron will receive notice In the ^
September issue. It's up to you —
please get the material to us hy Sep- •

Appointment of Sidles promises an in
creased tempo for the Nebraska wing. He
has the time and interest requisite to build

tember 10. The Editor.










commander of Squadron No. 761-1, who went
on active duty with t&e submarine patrol
early this month. Cooke, a veteran flier
and branch manager here for AlHs-Cbal-







spend a considerable amount of time witii

Pilots with small planes and a moderate
amount of flying time are coming Into their
o w n i n t h e C A P.

Under a new policy announced by nation
al headquarters, only planes under 90 h.p.
will be assigned to courier service hereafter.
It is felt that the larger planes are needed
for other duties.

A national headquarters bulletin reports
that courier services for the armed forces

are fast developing, and are under way on a
large scale in the southwest, adding that
"in terms of fast transportaion of small but
vital shipments ferrying of personnel on ur
gent missions, and replacement of military
planes and airmen for Other duties, the impHcationa pro t^emenddus."

Courier service may be in the following
mers, had purchased a 145 h.p. Luscombe

plane to fly while on submarine patrol but
the government, for reasons best known to
Itself, rejected this plane, and so Cooke sold
It the day before he left
Under instructions from the CAP, he went
to Crete, Neb., and picked up a Waco plane
which Frank Bringham, had agreed to lease

Special trips, fulfilling special non-recur
rent requests; route service—operating reg
ular routes on flexd schedules or on a stand

by basis; feeder service trips into and out of
an airport on an official air traffic route;
fixed-base service—trips between a courier
(Continued on Page 2)

to the government for submarine hunting.


The base to which he was assigned is re

Preliminary application forms are now
available for anyone Interested in enlisting
In the Civil Air Patrol. The applications are

stricted information. He will be on duty 30

" I c a n s a y, " h e w r o t e , " t h a t t h e C i v H A i r

to be filled out, approved by the Squadron

'Tol men on this assignment are doing a
^^rvelous job. It's REAL in every way.

Commander and then mailed in to Wing

"I've discovered another thing that all our
members should take to heart—namely, IT

make his recommendation on the application


gerprint card will be mailed to the individual
from the Wing office.

(Continued on Page 3)



Headquarters. The Wing Commander will
and then regular application blank and fin

the units throughout the state. He will de
vote his energy and abi'lity toward the build

ing of a strong, well-trained and highly or
ganized wing.

Sidles, who has been executive offlcef of
the Omaha group of the CAP, succeeds I. V.
Packard, former secretary of the Nebraska

aeronautics commission, who recently joined
the army air corps.

Sidles, vice-president and treasurer of the
Sidles company, came to Omaha from Lin
coln In 1940. He has. been active In Nebraska

aviation since 1928, when he organized the
Sidles Airways corporation at Lincoln. The
following year the company constructed the
Union airport there.

He organized the Lincoln chapter of the
National Aeronautic association, and in 1937
and 1938 he was NAA governor for Nebras-

(ContiDued on Page 2)


Published each month by the Nebraska Wing
Headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol. Offices
at &02 South Nineteenth Street, Omaha, Neb.

TVing: Commander Harry B. Sidles

August, 1942

New Wing Commander Outlines Aims
I am very happy to accept the appointment as Acting Wing Commander of the

Nebraska Civil Air Patrol, and at the same time assure you I am full conscious . y
of the magnitude of the job and the great amount of work that there is to be done.
In common wih many of you, I feel that the Civil Air Patrol is now growing

Wing Adjutant .Miss Dorothy Orr

up, and this maturity should now be expressed in more effective service and in
terest by every member of the Patrol who wishes to retain his mem/bership. In


a c t i v i t y o n t h e p a r t o f a n y m e m b e r m u s t c e a s e . We d o n o t w i s h t o r e l i e v e a n y


Yo u n g r m a n
Wlngr Intelllgrence Officer
Xntellisence Officer for Group No. 7fil






Rinff. 761-1, Richard B. Moore, 761-2,
Omaha; Peter Holdorf, 761-4, Peru: Kent
T h o m p s o n , 7 6 1 - 5 , Va l l e y ; W. G . B r o w n ,
7 6 2 - 2 , L i n c o l n ; A . C . G a r d n e r, 7 6 2 - 3 , C r e t e ;
B. Di Chamberlain, 763-1, Grand Island;
Don Shearon, 763-3, Fairbury; Stanley Hall,
764-1, North Plktte; R. M. Stewart, 766-1,
S c o t t a b l u f f ; F. C . i B l a k e m a n , 7 6 6 - 1 , N o r f o l k .


member of his card, and yet there is no point In carrying members along who are
not interested enough to attend meetings and turn out for the necessary activities.
1 feel that sending this bulletin to all members of the Nebraska Wing will
s e r v e t o c r e a t e m o r e i n t e r e s t w i t h i n e a c h s q u a d r o n a n d p r o d u c e m o r e a c t i v i t y.

We want you all to see what other squadrons in the state are doing and to have
first-hand information as to the various activities in other states.

Suggestions for improving the organization, or any new ideas for more effec
tive training will be gratefully received.

I humbly accept the responsibility that, is implied in my appointment, and
assure you that it is my hope to build up, with your help, a fine, active, Nebraska
Wing of which we will all be proud. We all want to be ready to serve when we
are called, and to be ready to do the job well.
Harry B. Sidles
Captain, Civil Air Patrol
Acting Wing Commander

The shape of things to come for the Civil
Air Patrol already is becoming apparent
T h e C A P, m o r e t h a n a n y o t h e r c i v i l i a n
defense group, is actually in tbe war and
delivering blows at America's enemies. One
of our own Nebraska members is already on
the submarine warfare front, and at least
two others are awaiting orders to report.

Directions and regulations for uniforms,
insignia, and ranks are set forth in GM-45.
Please study these carefully and as soon as

you are eligible, identify yourself within the
Civil Air Patrol by wearing the proper uni
form and insignia.

Meanwhile national headquarters an
nounces that use of CAP planes in courier
service is increasing rapidly and that here
after only planes under 90 h.p. will be used
in courier work because the larger planes
are needed for other work. We mention only
two phases of CAP'S contribution—there are

m a n y o t h e r s . Ye s , C A P i s c e r t a i n l y i n t h e
war, and none doubts that this will become
increasingly true in the future. CAP has
greater potentialities, a higher type of per
sonnel .and more highly trained membership

than any other civilian defense group.
The danger is that we may fail to take full

advantage of the opportunity given to pre
pare ourselves for the work. Note carefully,

on Page 1 of this bulletin the admonition by
Oscar Cooke: "It just wouldn't be possible
to get too much training for this kind of
work." That word comes from a veteran




The Wing Supply Officer now has a small
stock of all insignia and urges that you get

caps are being made up for distribution by
t h e W i n g S u p p l y o f fi c e r. T h e s e I t e n n s w i l l
cost $.75. The straps are being made with
snaps and can be sewn right over the straps
now on your uniforms. Instructions for sew
ing on the cap piping will come along with
your order. If you want more than one pair
of shoulder straps, each additional pair will
cost 1.60.





<lM-45 says; "Purchase of blouse is op
tional. Its wear is recommended for Wing,

iasm or our Interest lag. The first flush of

be ordered in quantities, well in advance of
the time they will be needed.

has vital need of the Nebraska wing, let ua
be ready with a top-notch organisation, and
trained, efficient personnel. Remember—
t h i s i s T O TA L W A R !



In 1932 Sidles had the department of ct

merce contract for making daily flights a£

of air shows and tours to Lincoln.

terested in ordering a leather flying jacket,
these items are in great demand and should

But when the day comes that Uncle Sam


impossible to tell how long it will take to
get new orders. For your convenience, sets
of red shoulder straps and red piping for

Then let us resolve that we will not let
our training, our preparation, our enthus

gotten. Now it's hard work and lots xjf it.

which created the Nebraska aeronautic-

Billings, Mont.

flier, one of the most capaMe and exper
ienced pilots in the N^ra^a Wing.

—the first thrill of wearing a uniform is for

(Continued from Page 1)
ka. He was Instrumental in securing intro
duction of Nebraska's uniform aviation law,

your orders in ^ soon as possible. Because
of the huge demand from all sources, it is

Group, and Squadron Commanders. Mem
bers will find it more practical to wear the
fi e l d j a c k e t o r l e a t h e r fl y i n g j a c k e t s . " M r.
Mueller would like to know if anyone is in

enthusiasm over something new has passed




A d d r e s s c o m m u n i c a t i o n s t o R u d y M u e l l e r,

He was responsible for bringing a number

Commander C. F. Larsen of the Grand Is
land CAP squadron is Phillips 66 distributor

for central Nebraska, A World War veteran,
he is an active flying enthusiast and owns
his own plane.

(Continued from Page 1)

station and all points of pick-up or destin
ation; area service, which indicates the
handling of CAP courier traffic within a
certain area.

All CAP missions must be under specific
operations orders, and must be covered by
CAP crash, accident and liability insurance.
No cargoes or passengers may be carried ex
cept on officiail business for official agencies
of federal, state or local governments; the
American Red Cross; and industries engaged
in war production. In the absence of suc>

Wing Supply Officer, 2526 Farnam Street,

passengers, pilots will fly alone. To car^^ j

Omaha. If placing: orders, please send the

personnel, pilots must have at least

correct amount so that a great deal of un
necessary bookkeeping may be eliminated.
Orders should be placed through Squadron
Supply Officers.

hours flying time, including 50 hours cr^^J
c o u n t r y, a t l e a s t 1 0 h o u r s o f w h i c h a h a «

have been flown in recent months. Pilots of
lesser skill may carry cargo only.


August, 1942


The Scottsblnff sQnadron Is reviewed by CoL J. W« Boyer of the 'SeTenth Serrfce Commnnd*

Scottsbluff Sets Fast
Pace For CAP
By B. M. Stewart

Nebraska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with
flights in Alliance and Chadron, Ss extreme

ly active—in the air and on the ground. Sev

The ScoUsblnff Sqnadion^s planes on the line*

eral practice xoiBslons h&ve already been
worked out—one at least which has been

copied lu many parts of the country.
One of the first flight missions of the
SQuadron was the search for a "lost plane"
vith pilot and observer given location of
known position of the plane—and as
Ifielr mission must find the plane — and
draw map which would lead rescue parties
to wreckage.

Next came the aerial bombing of Scotts
bluff by the Civil Air Patrol to open the Na
tional Retailers Victory bond selling cam-'

ent plans, this will be carried out August
23rd, and will proceed as follows: Each
pilot and observer will be given a map show

ing location of "submarine." Each plane will
be equipped with four lime bombs, of less
than a pound In weighty consisting of fine

ground lime. At takeoff, each plane will
follow the flight pattern, and after leaving
the pattern, shall gain altitude until 100 feet
is reached. The flight to the objective shall
be maintained at 1000 feet On reaching the
target, and after ascertaining that preceeding plane has departed, ship may descend to

As Squadron Commander Everett Y. Hogan
t o o k o ff t o b o m b S c o t t s b h i ff . A t r i g h t i s H *
J. Bollinger former executive officer who
now Is in miHtary service.

paign. At eaxctly 12 o'clock noon on that

500 feet altitude and release bombs in two

date, a formation of Civil Air Patrol planes
r o a r e d o v e r S c o t t s b l u ff , d r o p p i n g t h o u s a n d s
of paper "borubs", designed by our Photo

runs over target. No plane shall remain
over the objective area at 500 feet level

graphic officer, Charles Downey, bearing the
inscription "BONDS NOW OR BOMBS LA
TER." This stunt was repeated at the Ger-

the target objectives to score bits and




These are the flight programs—but just
as rigorous a training schedule is under

"They certainly need guards, service men,
helpers, pilots and ships—but mostly ships,

w a y. A C o m m u n i c a t i o n s c l a s s h a s b e e n u n

guards and mechanics,"
He commented that the submarine patrol

i o g O r e g o n Tr a i l D a y s c e l e b r a t i o n d u r i n g
J u l y — i n c o o p e r a t i o n w i t h N AT I O N A L
HEROES DAY celebration and a correspond
ing bond and defense stamp drive. The bomb
stunt was copied in other parts of the state.
On Sunday August 2nd, the Patrol sent its
planes, pilots and observers out to lead the
s c r a p c a m p a i g n f r o m b e a i r. Te r r i t o r y s u r
rounding Scottsbluff was broken into four
districts and planes given definite territories
t o c o v e r. R e s u l t s w e r e d i s c o v e r y o f s e v e r a l

abandoned drag lines, an old refinery, many
large scrap piles on farm and ranches.
Practice On Sabs

Now, the Scottsbluff Squadron of the Civil
Patrol is seeking permission for another

^iTst. This time permission has been asked
for the "lime bombing" of a "Submarine out

line", to be laid out in a desolate territory
north and east of Scottsbluff. Under pres-


more than 10 minutes. Judges will be at

derway for nearly three months, and a large
class of third-class radiotelephone operators
—code men—and Civil Air regulations stu
dents is graduating. An engineering class
meets one night weekly as does a class in
Military courtesy and drill. In addition, the
entire Squadron drills from 8:30 to 10:00
a . m . e a c h S u n d a y.

O f fi c e r s a r e : S q u a d r o n C o m m a n d e r, E . V.
H o g a n ; E x e c u t i v e O f fi c e r, M . P. B r e n n a n ;
O p e r a t i o n s O f fi c e r, H o w a r t h O l s o n ; I n t e l l i
g e n c e O f fi c e r, E v e r e t t H a x t b y ; C o m m u n i c a
t i o n s a n d P u b l i c R e l a t i o n s O f fi c e r. R , M .

(Continued from Page 1)



assignments are much more strenuous than

those of the ferry pilots.
Cooke warned that Nebraska fliers who
intend to join the submarine patrol should
bring all of the necessary flying equipment
with them, since such equipment Is not to
be had for love or money where he is serv
ing. A good two way radio and a Federal
Communications Commission permit are es
sential, he added.
Cooke concluded his letter thus:

S t e w a r t ; Tr a i n i n g O f fi c e r, L . L . B l g l e r ;

Transportation, Fred Chealrs; Piiotographic,

Two Other Omahans, W. A. Fraser, Jr., and

Charles Downey; Medical, Dr. A. L. Cooper;

Angelo Bonacci, are awaiting orders to re

S u p p l y O f fi c e r, R i c h a r d E v e r e t t ; E n g i n e e r
ing, E. Ixjckwood.

port for active duty. Note: As we go to
press, Fraser is on his way.




August, 1942

CAP Faces The Camera

National Commander Earle Johnson re

cently announced the ranks within the CAP
that shall he held by the various officers,
conditional upon their completing the re
quired 81 hours of prescribed training di

So that there may ibe no misunderstand
ing, Commander Johnson empbasizes tbat
the commissions and appointments Iq grade
are in the CAP only, and not In the Army of
the United States,




Pictures of your members and your

« a c t i v i t i e s s h o u l d b e o n t h i s p a g e . Yo u •
get 'em to us and we will try to do
right by you. The News.

The ranks and grades that will apply, and
the CAP officers who will hold them-, are
as follows:

Major—wing commanders; captain—wing
staff officers ajid group commanders; first
lieutenant—group staff officers and squad
ron commanders; second lieutenant—squad
ron staff officers and flight leaders; flight
officer—deputy staff officers, pilot officers
and observer officers.

In the non-commissioneu grades;
Te c h n i c a l s e r g e a n t — p i l o t s , A o r E m e
chanics, and radio operators; master ser
geant—A and E mechanics; sergeant—ob-'
serfers and photographers; corporal —
clerks; private, first class—stenographers;
privates—all other personnel.
All appointments of commissioned officers
are to be the national commaoder,
upon recommendation of the wing command
er. Plight officer appointments will be made
b y t h e w i n g c o m m a n d e r, a n d n o n - c o m m i s >
sioned officers will be made by the proper
unit commanders.

Each member qualifying for a position as
a commissioned officer may be appointed to
that position by the wing commander with
temporary rank in grade, pending approval

of the national commander, and providing
that he has served in the same position or
Id a position of equal grade not less than 60

days. If he has not served 60 days he will

Ftdbred here are some members of tlie Lincoln gqoadroo) which Is Jost now beglDnin^
to hit Its stride.

In the picture aret Back row^ left to i%ht» WnUam Baniels, Bath Zimmerman, Jane
Bomgardner, Marian Keokler, Dorothy Orr, Msxine K«ny, l^omiA Broderson, and James Lo^
coco; and front row, Wililam Brovrn^ L. J. Cox, H. Worth, Harold Barpster, Harold
Arnold and Ray Bamsey, commander.

The men wear army oniforms in oUre drab and tibe ^Is are in lavender-gray. All have

garrison caps and are designated by special insi^ia of the branch.

The 'Nebraska wing performed a natioaal

that nine planes surveyed about 300 square
mi'Ies of territory and located large scrap
piles on about 70 farms.

service and obtained a great deal of favor
able notice on the part of the home folks
when at least half a dozen squadrons parti
cipated in the scrap drive.
All of these units organized aerial recon
naissance and survey missions to locate
metal scrap needed for the war effort. Then
most of them helped dramatize the scrap
effort by dropping aerial "bombs" {card
board facsimiles) reminding the people that
"real 'bombs can fall here, too. Your coun
try needs your scrap metal—turn it in." The

Arthur E. Miller WUhnr M. Fnllaway

bombs, designed by Charles Downey of
Scottsbluff, were provided by Ak-Sar-Ben,
and were dropped by units at Grand Island,

Pictured here are two Omahans who left
the CAP recently and reported for more ur

Peru, Cret6, Chadron and Omaha. Most of

E. Miller, former commander of Squadron

them dropped missives on each farm in their
o w n c o u n t y.

In the course of the scrap drive, the Lin
coln squadron completed its first -major mis
sion. Commander Ray Hamsey reported

be appointed one grade lower io rank until

gent duties for Uncle Sam. At left is Arthur
761-1, who is now a contract instructor for

the air corps at Ovalde, Tex. At right Is Wil
bur M, Fullaway, former adjutant for 761-1,
now an air corps captain .".tatloned at Boiling
Field, Wash.

he has served for 60 days.

In this issue The Cornhusker CAP
News salutes Scottsbluff for a fine

program of activities and training,
which have marked it as one of the
outstanding units in the state.

This first issue of the Cornhusker CAP News was made possible






Frye Aircraft Company and Aeromotive Supply Company, Omaha. *

Lincoln Airplane and Flying School, Lincoln. »

a salute to a different squadron. Next

Burnham-Millcr Flying Service, Omaha Municipal Airport,
Electronic Radio-Television Institute, Omaha.

month it will honor Grand Island.

H a r r y B . S i d l e s , N e b r a s k a W i n g C o m m a n d e r. •

Each month The News will publish